The Sunshine List: Who makes the most in the Sault


The annual Ontario public sector sunshine list was released today showing just how many public service employees earn more than $100,000 a year, and in Sault Ste. Marie there are a lot that earn much more than that threshold.

Alex Lambert, CEO of the Group Health Association brought in $302,447.79 in 2016. Al Horsman, Chief Administrative Officer for the city earned $202,223.79 last year while Robert Keetch, Sault Police Chief brought in $197,989.91 for the year.  Mike Figliola Fire Chief earned $167,185.32 in 2016. Ron Gagnon President and CEO of Sault Area Hospital saw his yearly salary come in at $297,253.20, a drop from $308,687 the previous year.

In total, over 600 people in Sault Ste. Marie made the annual sunshine list. The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act requires most organizations that receive public funding from Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.

The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act applies to the provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations, Ontario Power Generation and subsidiaries, publicly funded organizations such as hospitals, municipalities, school boards, universities and colleges, and not-for-profit organizations that meet a funding threshold.

The $100,000 threshold has not changed since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was enacted in 1996, and has not been adjusted to keep up with inflation. If the salary threshold was adjusted for inflation, it would be $149,424 in today’s dollars, reducing the number of employees included in the compendium by 84 per cent.

To check out the entire list  GO HERE


  1. He drives our vehicle back and forth to IRON BRIDGE daily…Much further. Can’t blame him for not wanting to live in the Sault, after slashing services to unsafe levels you’d have to be crazy to move to the Sault! If I buy a house in Iron Bridge can I catch a ride back and forth with the chief into town everyday? I mean we’re already paying for the vehicle he is driving, so it would be fair…

    • Not to mention his Salary is paid by Sault residents and he pays no Property Taxes here. May even enjoy the rinks and pools and other services that are partially subsidized by Sault property taxes.

  2. Mike Figliola Fire Chief earned $167,185.32 in 2016, plus the ability to sock away an extra $10,000 + per year by not having to maintain, insure or drive his own vehicle back and forth to his home in Thessalon, which to this day continues after he made a commitment to move to the Sault within 6 months of being hired.

    • I have always wondered what sort of hold this CHIEF has on this city. Why is this allowed to continue? Why is there not one councillor bringing this up at council?

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